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May 20, 2012

Wrapping up Rangers 6-1 victory over Astros

Colby Lewis did it all for the Texas Rangers on Sunday afternoon. He drove in two runs and worked eight scoreless innings before giving up a solo home run in carrying the Rangers to a 6-1 victory over the Astros.

With the victory, the Rangers took the three-game series, 2-1, and head to Seattle to wrap up the six-game road trip. Here are a few postgame notes:

* Colby Lewis had a two-out, two-run single in the first inning, and then had an infield single in the fifth. He's the third pitcher in franchise history to have a two-hit game. Lewis did it himself back in 2010 against Milwaukee, and Chan Ho Park did it in 2005. Lewis is also the third pitcher in club history to have a two-RBI game. He did it in the game against Milwaukee, and Darren Oliver drove in two runs against Colorado in 1997.

* Pitching-wise, Lewis turned in his deepest outing of the season. Manager Ron Washington gave him a chance to complete his second career shutout, but Lewis gave up a home run to Jed Lowrie to lead off the ninth. Still, it was Lewis' best start to date and snapped a three-game losing skid.

* Nelson Cruz went 3 for 5 with two RBIs today. He had a two-out, two-run single in the first. He added singles in the seventh and ninth, too. His single in the ninth created a stir in the press box. Here's what happend: With Michael Young at first and one out, Cruz sent a liner to left-center. Astros center fielder Justin Maxwell tried to make a sliding catch but couldn't come up with it. Young thought that Maxwell caught the ball, and headed back towards first. During that time, the umpires ruled that Cruz had run past Young, which stops the play. However, the official scorer originally ruled that Cruz "flew out" to center. That was eventually overturned, and Cruz was given credit for a single.

* David Murphy belted a solo homer in the fifth, his second in as many days. It's the first time since Aug. 26-27, 2011 that Murphy has homered in consecutive games. He had an inside-the-park home run on Saturday.

-- Drew Davison


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